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Sat Aug 26: A Portage Ride That’s Wet ‘n…Mild

This route description reads like a pitch for a tourism adventure: 30 miles, six bodies of water, two states and more than a dozen villages, towns and hamlets. Plus a unique feature you rarely see on a bike route: a *short* portage over railroad tracks!

The stop and nosh destination is Ronnie’s Bagels in Hillsdale.  The wet part includes drive by’s of the Hudson River, Sparkill Creek, Lake Tappan, Woodcliff Lake and Silver Lake. And as promised, the short and surprising Park Ridge Portage in the middle of Berthoud Ave followed by a “something different” return route through Central Nyack.

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Sat Aug 12: A Ride That’s Closter To Rockland

This week’s route has a little bit of everything: NY, NJ, a state park, a rail trail and a cute coffee stop in Closter, NJ. After meeting up at 830a at Nyack Memorial Park, we’ll ride south with an optional spin through Tallman State Park. We’ll ride 9W south to Tenafly and turn on Clinton Ave (viva la downhill!) and then turn back north on County Rd and Piermont Rd. It’s a 30 mile route on this no drop ride.

New policy: We need to leave on time! Please show up at 8:25 for this 8:30 ride so we can hit the road without delay (if you snooze you won’t cruise!)

Starting point is Nyack Memorial Park at the corner of Piermont & Depew Aves. Make sure you bring your helmet, have food, 1-2 bottles of water and anything necessary for bike repair (air pump/CO2, tubes, patch kit, etc.) This is a no-drop ride.

Wondering Weather Or Not We Will Ride? If rain threatens and you are wondering “weather” or not we are going to ride…if it’s raining 30 minutes before start time, go back to bed. Same decision if storms are predicted during the time we will be riding. Check WeatherUnderground.com for radar and an hour by hour forecast.

Looking ahead: It’s an away game on Sat Aug 19: We’ll meetup at Stricly Bikes in Fort Lee and take advantage of Park Ave being closed to traffic for “Citi Summer Streets” in NYC. Destination Brooklyn. Watch this space next week for details!

June 3: The Two States Of Lake Tappan

Two states, two counties, two wheels and one big reservoir. Join us for a fun Sat morning spin from Nyack to Nanuet via North Jersey where we will circle where Lake Tappan straddles NY and NJ.

This ride starts at 830a in Nyack at Memorial Park — meet at the corner of Piermont and Depew. We’ll follow the river South and turn at Sparkill and proceed West through Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale. Then we cross Veterans Memorial Highway by Blue Hill Golf Course and take Sickletown Rd. Right before Rt 59 we turn right and circle back on Western Highway. Return via Bradley Parkway with a less hilly option of Western Hwy and the Clark Rail Trail if the group prefers.

LoopAroundLakeTappanBring your helmet, water and flat fixins. Approx distance 25 miles, avg see 15 mph. Questions? Email dave@NyackNewsAndViews.com. (more…)

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